SPLASH – An SUV makes a tremendous splash as it drives through a puddle on Lake Street Sunday morning.  A storm front Sunday and Monday morning brought with it torrential rain, thunder,  lightning and a power outage, but no major damage. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

April 24, 2014 Community Happenings

Preschool Registers
    Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool registration has started for the upcoming school year.
    Classes are available 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for ages 3-5 years. Tuition assistance is available.
    For more information call 966-2675 or visit www.mtedgecumbepreschool.org.

    Program Slated
    Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool’s kindergarten after-school program registration has begun for the upcoming school year.
    The Kindergarten Discovery Club program is slated 1:30-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday for ages 5-6 years who are in kindergarten or being home-schooled.
    Tuition assistance is available. For more information call 966-2675 or www.mtedgecumbepreschool.org.

    Brassica Planting
    Workshop May 7
    The Sitka Local Foods Network reminds gardeners that it’s time to plant broccoli, cauliflower and other brassicas.
    Linda Wilson will present a short workshop on planting them 4 p.m.  May 7 at 3509 Halibut Point Road.
    Parking is limited, so attendees may want to consider walking, riding a bike, taking the bus or carpooling. More information is available by calling Linda at 747-3096 (nights, weekends) or by emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Swing Dance
    Lessons Offered
    A swing dance lessons benefit for Sitkans Against Family Violence is slated 8 p.m. April 30 at the Bayview Pub.
    The $5 suggested donation benefits SAFV. It is hosted by Alan Maloney.

    ANB/ANS Meet
    A combined meeting of Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 and Alaska
Native Sisterhood Camp 4 is set 6:30 p.m. April 28 at the ANB Founders Hall.
    Vice President Bob Sam is scheduled to chair the meeting. A second reading of the proposed by-laws is planned.  ANB and ANS Grand Camp first vice presidents are scheduled to be in attendance. Those with questions may call Nels at 738-2205.

    Core Class Offered
    Sitka Community Schools will offer a new session of Core exercise classes Tuesdays and Thursdays May 1-June 26 in the Keet Gooshi Heen gym. Class time is 5:30-6:15 p.m. May 1-8 and 5:15-6 p.m. May 13-June 26. The cost is $68.
    To register, stop by the Community Schools office at Blatchley Middle School.

    Blue Lake Project
    Video Released
    A three-minute video of the Blue Lake Expansion Project construction progress has been launched.
    The project is just over one year into its two-year timeline. The video features project specific information,  shots of workers, heavy equipment including the largest crane in Alaska, and explosions.
    It was launched at the recent Assembly meeting and can be viewed online at www.bluelakeexpansion.com.
    Writing Workshop
    Set for Saturday
    Island Institute writers-in-residence Carol Green and Tamie Harkins will teach a writing workshop 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 in Room 107 of the Yaw Art Center on the SJ Campus.
    The workshop, titled “Calling Out the Meaning,” will focus on how to make abstract concepts concrete and how to give descriptive details deeper meaning.
    Harkins and Creen will offer a series of exercises to help participants understand and practice these skills. Writers of all levels are welcome. The workshop fee is $30 for adults and $15 for high school and college students. Those interested can sign up in advance with the Island Institute by calling 747-3794.

    Holocaust to be
    Marked Monday
    Holocaust Remembrance will be observed 6 p.m. April 28 at Totem Square. The public is invited to commemorate the day and bear witness to genocides, both past and present, organizers said.
    Attendees are invited to take readings, poems or thoughts to share. The Russian Orthodox Church will toll the bells at 6 p.m. to mark the event.

    Babies and Books
    Event Rescheduled
    Saturday’s Babies and Books program has been rescheduled until May 24.
    For more information, contact Kettleson Memorial Library.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-28-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:50 a.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 115

Total statewide – 7,597

Total (cumulative) deaths – 56

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (11 resident; 9 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 44 (37 resident; 7 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 286.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




September 2000

Sitka Open Golf Tournament winners are: Men’s Division – Semisi Funaki, Tom Mattingly and Gregory Martin. Women’s Division – Janet Schwartz, Judy Sudnikovich and Liza Martin. Youth Division – Elaina Mattingly, Matthew Way and Sidney Wyman.

September 1970

Lions Catch a Bear at Kake. They were on Lions Club business, but Willie Dick and Bill Pasek, Sitka, brought back a bear from Kake. Pasek shot the 6-foot-tall black bear after Lions Club business was ended. He and Dick brought the bear back to Sitka where Larry Ross and Dick Wight helped prepare it for a taxidermist.